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Egypt Sentences 11 Brotherhood Members to Life for Prison Breaks

Egypt Sentences 11 Brotherhood Members to Life for Prison Breaks

Saturday, 7 September, 2019 - 12:15
Muslim Brotherhood's leader Mohammed Badie shouts slogans behind bars during the trial of Brotherhood members, at a court on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt May 31, 2016. (Reuters)

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 11 people to life in prison — including the head of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie — after a retrial on charges related to mass prison breaks at the height of the 2011 popular uprising.

The retrial was related to a case rooted in the escape of 20,000 inmates from Egyptian prisons in during the 2011 uprising. The verdict cannot be appealed.

The Cairo criminal court also sentenced eight others to 15 years in prison on the same charges, which include orchestrating prison breaks and undermining national security by conspiring with foreign groups: the Palestinian group Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah party.

This is the latest of several life sentences for Badie. He is also been sentenced to death in separate trials held after his arrest in 2013 following the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader, amid nationwide protests against his one-year rule.

Morsi was a defendant in the prison-break case, but he collapsed in a courtroom and died while appearing in a separate trial in June.

The court also acquitted eight others.

In June 2015, the Cairo Criminal Court issued sentences of death and life imprisonment against Morsi and other key figures in the Muslim Brotherhood. However, in November 2016, the Court of Cassation, Egypt's final recourse for appeals in criminal cases, annulled the sentence and ordered a retrial of the defendants.

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